For The Restoration, the past year has been an exciting one. The November release of Honor the Father followed up the widely celebrated Constance LP, demonstrating the band’s continued commitment to writing narrative concept albums that grapple with the history of the South both musically and lyrically. Honor the Father is “a narrative exploration of religious fundamentalism dressed with Dixieland and early rock ‘n’ roll,” according to leader Daniel Machado, and also functions as a murder mystery story with a revealing—and disturbing–conclusion. It’s worth noting the extensive use of musical forms here, as well as the complex structure of the climactic track “The Trial,” which features Biblical footnotes in the liner notes and sees Machado and others donning multiple characters’ hats over the course of the song’s six minutes of exposition.
The record’s favorable reception cemented the band’s position as one of Columbia’s best active bands, which led to prominent appearances at the River Rocks festival this spring and the Bel Chere Festival this summer. The band’s work has also received some unusual academic attention, as their work has been featured in English classes taught at Spartanburg Methodist College.